June 6, 2008 / 7:08 PM / 11 years ago

Assailants attack police head in Russia's Chechnya

MOSCOW, June 6 (Reuters) - An explosion ripped apart a car carrying a district police chief in Chechnya on Friday and gunmen then shot at the burning vehicle, a source at the law enforcement agencies told Interfax news agency.

Police chief Shamil Kutsayev and two other policemen were wounded in the attack and taken to hospital.

Russia is eager to present Chechnya as peaceful after two wars between rebels and federal forces since 1994.

The Kremlin backs 31-yar-old Ramzan Kadyrov and his fighters to quash the remaining rebels, but low-level fighting continues to flare up. (Writing by James Kilner; Editing by Stephen Weeks)

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